Before Jennifer got her start in education, she worked as a restaurant manager at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland. While she had committed over six years to this role, she had been unable to her undergraduate degree because of it. So, she quit her job in 2008 and made a quick transition to working at a non-public school and attending classes at a local community college. While it was an uncertain time, Jennifer was confident that it was the right choice for her future.
Since then, Jennifer has gained over 12 years of experience working in education. At the non-public school, she helped students with special needs exceed their academic goals by providing them with instructional, behavioral, and self-care support. Eventually, she transferred to California State University, Los Angeles, where she specialized in Latin American history, presented at two research conferences, and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the university’s historical research journal. After graduating summa cum laude with her BA in 2012, she started her graduate program at the University of California, San Diego. While there, she instructed undergraduate writing and research courses and produced original research on women’s production of art and identity in Mexico. Once she completed her MA in 2017, she pivoted to curriculum, admissions consulting, and test prep.
Wanting to expand her skillset, Jennifer worked for a forward-thinking national curriculum company, where she developed English Language Arts curriculum for hundreds of school districts across the United States. In addition, she tutored high school students on SAT/ACT test prep and advised them on writing personal statements. In 2020, Jennifer joined the MedSchoolCoach team as a writing advisor, helping students applying to medical school produce authentic and compelling written application materials. Shortly after joining MedSchoolCoach, she was tapped to lead the writing advisor team, building the nearly 40-person team from the ground up. Today, she is the Associate Director of Writing and College Advising, where her role now includes leading the college advising team as well.
Jennifer enjoys helping students find their voice and encouraging them to share their unique experiences. She believes that writing is personal, so she makes connections, asks questions, and builds relationships that enable students to write compelling narratives. More than that, she is an intuitive storyteller, and enjoys guiding others to powerful narratives they originally did not consider.
As a former non-traditional, working class student, Jennifer understands how hard it is to navigate the admissions process. By helping students with writing, she hopes to make that process a little easier. When she isn’t helping students at MedSchoolCoach, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters while preparing for a third baby.
California State University, Los Angeles
MA in History at University of California San Diego
Falls State Park on the Island of Hawaii. She's also afraid of heights.
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